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Coverings 2017 Announces Lineup of Appreciation Days

Posted on 06 March 2017 by cradmin

coverings-2017Coverings released the schedule of segment-focused Appreciation Days that provide enhanced learning and networking opportunities for builders, remodelers, architects, designers, contractors and fabricators. While programming for all groups will be held throughout the duration of Coverings, Appreciation Days are designed to feature tailored guided tours of the show floor, lunch, focused education sessions and more. Coverings 2017 will be held April 4-7 in Orlando, at the Orange County Convention Center.

Dates and programming highlights for the 2017 Appreciation Days are as follows:

Tuesday, April 4: Builder & Remodeler Day will kick off with a conference session at 8 a.m. entitled “Critical Changes to Industry Standards, Guidelines and Best Practices” led by Eric Astrachan, executive director of Tile Council of North America. At 11 a.m. the Builder & Remodeler tour of the exhibit floor, hosted by personalities Dean and Derek, will commence. Participants will see the latest in tile, stone and installation materials from around the world. After the tour, Dean and Derek will lead the roundtable discussion during lunch “Bringing the Indoors Out and Show Floor Trends” in the Appreciation Lounge.

Wednesday, April 5: Architect & Designer Day will feature several notable sessions including “Contract Magazine Presents: A Fireside Chat with John Czarnecki and Todd-Avery Lenahan” “Coastal Resilience – Rethinking Design for Extreme Weather Conditions,” and “Raise Your Profile: The Ins and Outs of Being a Brand Ambassador.” The first will feature Contract magazine’s editor in chief, John Czarnecki and industry leader Todd-Avery Lenahan in an intimate conversation about the business and power of design. The second session, presented by Architectural Record, will feature the magazine’s senior editor, Joann Gonchar, as well as architectural and urban designer, Ramiro Diaz, LEED AP. The third will feature three panelists discussing how they represent brands through publicity, social media and live events. Participants include founder and creative director of Kim Lewis Designs, Kim Lewis, blogger from Cozy Stylish Chic, Jeanne Chung and Blogger and NKBA Spokesperson, Patricia Davis Brown. Starting at 11 a.m., architects and designers will be invited to participate in the trends tour, led by Coverings’ Industry Ambassador, Alena Capra. Immediately following, at 12:15 p.m., attendees can join Alena for a roundtable discussion and lunch in the Appreciation Lounge.

Wednesday, April 5-Thursday, April 6: Contractor Days will span two days at the show. With many key sessions including “Introduction to Tile Industry Standards and How to Use Them to Your Advantage” and “How to Become a Certified Tile Installer.” Coverings has added four new contractor/installer session tracks: Contractor Advanced Business Topics; Contractor Beginner-Intermediate Topics; Thin-Tile Mini-Track; and En Español for Spanish-speaking attendees. The Contractor tour will take place on both Wednesday and Thursday at 11 a.m. followed by a luncheon in the Contractor Lounge. Happy hours with fun giveaways will be offered in the afternoon.

Friday April 7: Fabricator Day will commence with the session “Don’t Get Caught Doing What Worked Yesterday When Customers are Obsessed With What They Want Tomorrow” featuring James Dion, president and owner of Dionco Inc. This session will focus on what the new consumer’s expectations are and how to exceed them. The Fabricator Tour will begin at 11 a.m., highlighting new and innovative products from the marketplace. At noon, immediately following the tour, will be the Fabricator Luncheon and Roundtable discussion on building a culture and diversifying a business.

Learn more about the 2017 Appreciation Days, as well as the comprehensive conference program by clicking here.

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‘Operation Finally Home’ Celebrates 100th Home Built for Veterans

Posted on 01 June 2016 by cradmin

Operation Finally HomeOperation Finally Home reached a major milestone, having built 100 homes for families in honor of their sacrifices made for the United States. The 100th home was completed in late April for Marine Corps Cpl. Jonathan Dowdell, his wife Rebecca and his daughter, in League City, Texas, right where the non-profit organization’s story began more than 10 years ago. The project would not have been made
possible without the help of local builder Harbour Classic
Builders, the League City community and all of the individual
donors involved in the build. “It is a blessing from above for us to see our 100th family walk through the doors of their new home,” said Dan Wallrath, founder and president of Operation Finally Home. “This
moment reaffirms that with the help of supporters across America, we have the power to impact the lives of veterans by providing them with a means to care for their family and help them through their healing process. We look forward to helping the next hundred men and women.”

Dowdell was injured by an IED explosion in June 2010, while on deployment in Afghanistan. Following the explosion, Dowdell was left with severe injuries, including above-knee amputation of both legs, amputation of his left index finger and right arm deformity as a result of a forearm contracture. He received a Purple Heart for his courageous fight while in combat. Six years later a crowd of supporters, family and friends stood facing Dowdell waiting to witness the moment he cut the ribbon and turned the knob to his family’s brand new home.

To find out how you can help assist the not-for-profit with its mission forward, visit operationfinallyhome.org.

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Fabricator Profile: Mario & Son – Mega Fabricator Limits Human Error Via Software Upgrade

Posted on 11 March 2013 by cradmin

Mario & Son Countertop Fabrication Shop

Mario & Son, in Liberty Lake, Wash., is the largest fabricator in the Pacific Northwest, offering natural stone, quartz, tile and specialty products. The company has a list of clients that are concentrated in the building market, but also serves retail customers, along with handling some commercial work. It operates out of a 44,000-sq.-ft. facility and invests in top-of-the-line machinery and equipment. However, it was having problem with human error in its takeoffs. To solve that problem… Read more about Mario & Sons at Moreaware’s blog

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Profile: United Marble Fabricators Knows Its Clientele, Where to Look, and How to Please Them

Posted on 22 January 2013 by cradmin

United Marble Fabricators (UMF) focuses on custom stone and tile work for high-end homes in the Boston area, and works to get involved with architects and design firms early in the process. Its typical customers are professionals that may not have much time, but know what they want and count on designers and builders to take care of the details. UMF can take part in projects as early as the planning phase and choosing the materials all the way to installation, and handle everything in between. This allows the company to better manage the project for the best results, and also makes the projects easier for the builders it works with. It also plays to its strong points of skill, focus on what it does best and flexibility…

Read more about this fabricator for custom builders at Moraware’s blog


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Improving Housing Market Bodes Well for Countertop Industry

Posted on 11 October 2012 by cradmin

Far from an optimist, particularly facing what is now being termed as “The Great Recession,” I have to say all of the signs are pointing to a more robust housing market in the works, which ultimately bodes well for the countertop industry. And it’s about time!

According to an article that ran on ForResidentialPros.com in Sept., the second quarter of 2012 showed positive annual growth rates, according to all three headline home-price composites, for the first time in two years. And, as the headline of a Mainline News article touted, National home prices see largest yearly increase since 2006, many agree that the prices homes are fetching on the market are improving. This is a major sign the housing market is on the road to recovery.

Seeing people willing to pay more for homes, indicates that they are buying again, which not only may mean improvements to these properties in the works, but also indicates the number of available homes on the market is lower.

Another indicator is the lessening number of foreclosures, which have been flooding the market with cheap property. According to an article from Reuters issued Oct. 11,  U.S. foreclosures are at their lowest point in 5 years, another good sign that the housing market has hit bottom and is rebounding.

That means we will likely see an uptick in new home building.

The National Association of Home Builders’ “Improving Market” indicator is also at a high, according to a recent report, which concurs with the other evidence.

So those in the countertop market who had been leveraged in the builder market when it dropped off a cliff in 2007, may now want to cautiously put a toe in the water and see if they can begin to get additonal business there.

It is doubtful we will see a level of activity near the peaks around 2006 any time soon, but with the unemployment rate now under 8 percent, these positive signs for the housing market make it difficult to be too much of a pessimist about 2013.

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